Hi friends! Happiest of Mondays. I hope your weekend was a good one. We had lots of sunshine and started discussing plans for summer adventures which is always exciting. We’re planning on doing plenty of in-state travel around National Parks so fingers crossed they all start opening up for adventures and overnight stays soon.
We do live in the “Natural State” and have so many gorgeous places to take advantage of that are just a quick drive away so we’re excited to turn our adventure to-do list into a reality.
Anyways, welcome back to the blog for another round up of the Weekly RUNdown and my week of workouts!
For today’s post, I’m linking up with Deborah and Kim for the Weekly Rundown! Feel free to join along and link up with us as we each recap our week of workouts around the health and wellness blogosphere. 😉
This was Week #3 of the Strava Run Arkansas Virtual Challenge and this week’s “Intermediate” workout of the week was a 5 miler which is the longest outdoor run I’ve completed in quite a while! I got in lots and lots of walking miles this week and less running but it was still a really decent week of workouts to keep me busy!
Here’s what my week of workouts looked like last week:
We took the day to go for a leisurely stroll because my legs were pretty worn out from the run the day before, so a walk in the afternoon did the trick. The spring blooms were really beautiful and extra photogenic.
Another long walk down by the river for a few miles for the day.
My legs finally felt ready to tackle some running miles so I got in a double run day. First, I headed out to a nearby hilly neighborhood to log 2 solo miles.
Do you see the heart in the clouds? 😉
Then, once I got home Nick wanted to go for 2 more running miles so we headed out for sweat session #2 for the day. (For me at least!) The hills were tough on my legs as both routes had some hills thrown in so it was a good challenge for my normally hill-less legs.
On Thursday morning, we took the dogs on a 1 mile stroll. It felt perfect outside and was just enough to wear them out. Doesn’t take much for our senior pups.
Then, after a super busy workday we headed out for an evening walk to wrap up the day. The sunset on the neighborhood church steeples was so pretty!
Long walk in the sunshine!
It was time to log my 5 miler for the week. It was rough to say the least but I got it done! With signing up for the “intermediate challenge” for this run challenge I’m doing, I’m working my way up to 8 miles in the next two weeks, so this 5 miler was the longest run I’ve done in a few months! I’ve been sticking to around 3-4 miles or so, so I was proud to mark 5 off the list. I did have some IT band and back pain but pulled through and made it work. We stopped and paused at 3.5 to consider walking the rest but I really wanted to finish the 5. So, I knew I didn’t want to hurt myself and took it easy the rest of the way but got it done! Not every run is all peaches and sunshine, so I took this one as a lesson and realized I need to do a LOT more stretching before and after than I have been.
REST DAY! Didn’t make it over 3500 steps for the day which was just what my body needed!
Overall, I got in plenty of walking miles this week and was pretty proud to mark 5 running miles off my list. This week I’m increasing my long run to 6 so fingers crossed I’ll stick my plan of lots of stretching and foam rolling to prepare my legs for the extra mileage. I don’t know what my deal has been lately with not stretching near as much as I should but surely one of these days I’ll make it a serious habit! Otherwise, I think my legs will start to really hate me and not ever want to run.
Questions for YOU:
What was a highlight from your week?
Do you keep track of your monthly miles? If you do, how do you do it–with an app or smart watch?
What’s one goal you have for May?